Before joining Berkeley's Department of Linguistics, he taught as a Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies and in Near Eastern Studies. His research interests fall into three main areas: comparative Indo-European linguistics (especially syntax and poetics), general historical linguistics, and language typology. His metrical restoration and edition of the Rigveda (co-authored with Barend van Nooten) appeared in 1994. His edition of the early Hittite Tale of Zalpa (co-authored with Marina Zorman) appeared in 2007. He is currently working on a second edition of the Rigveda and on a monograph on relative constructions in the early Indo-European languages.
Research Expertise and Interest
historical linguistics, Indo-European linguistics, poetics, early Indo-European languages, linguistic typology, historical syntax, history of linguistics